Yanhong (Claire) Hu, Ph.D., is a senior associate in the firm’s Chemical Practice Group.

Dr. Hu focuses on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in a wide range of technical areas, including polymers, metals/alloys, glass, composites, electronic and optical materials and devices, coatings, dyes, textiles, catalyst, nanotechnology, and materials processing. Dr. Hu is experienced in appeals to the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and has experience in IPR proceedings. Dr. Hu also provides patentability, non-infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Dr. Hu has extensive expertise in materials science and materials engineering as well as solid technical background in chemistry and physics. Her postdoctoral research at North Carolina State University focused on energetic material processing under extreme conditions and development of a transferable, quantum-based analytic reactive potential for simulating energetic materials. Her doctoral research at University of Florida involved studies on thin film nucleation and formation, carbon nanomaterials, and material modification via cluster beam deposition. Dr. Hu also had research experience in polyester polyol synthesis from vegetable oil, production of rigid polyurethane foams from plant-oil based polyols, and synthesis and blend modification of poly(styrene-co-methacrylic acid). 


  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.) (Intellectual Property Law)
  • University of Florida (Ph.D.)
    • Materials Science & Engineering
  • East China University of Science and Technology (M.E., highest honors)
    • Polymer Science & Engineering
  • East China University of Science and Technology (B.E., highest honors)
    • Polymer Science & Engineering


  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Technical Publications

Selected Archival Journal Publications:  

  • Y. Hu, D. W. Brenner, Y. Shi, “Detonation Initiation from Spontaneous Hotspots Formed During Cook-Off Observed in Molecular Dynamics Simulations,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Electron Transport, Optical and Electronic Devices, Hard Matter, 115(5), 2416-2422 (2011)
  • Y. Hu, O. A. Shenderova, and D. W. Brenner, “Carbon Nanostructures: Morphologies and Properties,” Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 4, 199-221 (2007) (invited review article)
  • Y. Hu, O. A. Shenderova, Z. Hu, C. W. Padgett, and D. W. Brenner, “Carbon Nanostructures for Advanced Composites,” Reports on Progress in Physics, 69, 1847-1895 (2006) (invited review article)
  • Y. Hu, D.L. Irving, and S. B. Sinnott, “Ion Bombardment Induced Modification of Carbon Nanopeapods: A Computational Study,” Chemical Physics Letters, 422, 137-141 (2006)
  • Y. Hu and S.B. Sinnott, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polyatomic-Ion Beam Deposition Induced Chemical Modification of Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Composites,” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 14(4), 719-729 (2004)
  • Y. Hu, Y. Gao, D. Wang, C. Hu, S. Zu, L. Vanoverloop and D. Randall, “Rigid Polyurethane Foam Prepared from a Rape Seed Oil Based Polyol,” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 84, 591-597 (2002)

Book Chapter:

  • Y. Hu, Z. Hu, C.W. Padgett, D.W. Brenner, and O.A. Shenderova, “Carbon Nanostructures and Nanocomposites,” Chapter 27 in Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology (second edition), Ed. W.A. Goddard III, D.W. Brenner, S.E. Lyshevski, and G.J. Iafrate (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007)


  • Mandarin Chinese

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • American Bar Association